SEC Power Poll, Week Eleven

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Well, things just got more interesting, did they not?

  1. LSU.  Tigers, you had one job to do… and you did it.
  2. Alabama.  Saturday’s game sure is gonna mess with some people’s pet theory about Steve Shaw’s operation being in cahoots with ‘Bama.
  3. Georgia.  The over/under this week in the Georgia-Auburn game is 45.5.  The under has to be close to a mortal lock, right?
  4. Florida.  Florida is the best two-loss team in the SEC East.
  5. Auburn.  We finally get to see how Georgia’s o-line matches up against Auburn’s defensive front.
  6. Texas A&M.  Bye week, so the Aggies still don’t have a meaningful win.
  7. Missouri.  These guys better get Kelly Bryant back ASAP.
  8. Tennessee.  It’s still November, which means it’s time to take a four-point win over a team playing a wide receiver at quarterback as proof that the Vols are back, baby.
  9. Mississippi State.  Is there any place you’d rather be than facing an Alabama team that doesn’t control its postseason destiny?
  10. Ole Miss.  These guys have to be praying like mad they’re the mother of all trap games for LSU.
  11. South Carolina.  At least they lost to a good Sun Belt team.
  12. Kentucky.  Believe it or not, the ‘Cats still have a decent shot at bowl eligibility.  No, really.
  13. Vanderbilt.  To understand how bad the ass end of the SEC is this year, consider that Vandy is 126th nationally in scoring and isn’t the worst team in the conference.
  14. Arkansas.  Adios, Chad Morris.  It’s the rare talent who takes over a crappy program and leaves it in much worse shape then when he got there.

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22 responses to “SEC Power Poll, Week Eleven

  1. WarD Eagle

    “Yesterday’s game sure is gonna mess with some people’s pet theory about Steve Shaw’s operation being in cahoots with ‘Bama.”

    There was a replay early in the game, after a hands to the face penalty against LSU, that showed the SPUAT left tackle holding the LSU defensive end by the face mask after he’d been beaten.”

    We didn’t see that replay twice.

    I wouldn’t call it a pet theory, but we already know replay has been centralized at the SEC offices, the PAC1x was recently caught with people who weren’t officials in the replay conversation in real time, and amateur athletics has long been overrun by $$.

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  2. Mayor

    I disagree that Bama “doesn’t control its own destiny.” Bama will be #4 when the rankings come out. LSU and Georgia will likely play in the SECCG and this way Bama avoids having to play Georgia. If Bama wins out, Bama will be in the playoff.

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    • Mayor

      You have to remember this is the new world order where winning your conference isn’t necessary any more to be the national champion. Bama has won 2 natties without being SEC Champion or even winning its division and nobody even says anything about that in the media.

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    • Vectordawg

      So if GA beats LSU, do you still think Bama gets in? I would think with 3 one loss teams, Bama is out

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      • Russ

        That’s the nuclear scenario. Three SEC 1-loss teams? Of course, we have lots of heavy lifting to complete before we get to that point. No need to wonder about it for a few weeks, if we get there.

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    • Got Cowdog

      Maybe. LSU v UGA I think will decide one spot. It could end up looking like this:
      (1) tOSU v (4) Minnesota
      (2) SEC Champ v (3) Clemson

      Of course if UGA wins the SEC, the SEC champ will be a one loss team. Would they put an undefeated Baylor in the playoff over a one loss SEC champ?

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      • Minnesota and anOSU will play in the B1G championship game first.

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        • Got Cowdog

          Thanks. Missed that. Baylor has to play Texas and Oklahoma as well. So if we revisit…..
          (1) tOSU or Minnesota v (4) 1 loss: LSU, Georgia, Bama, OU, tOSU, Minnesota, Baylor, Oregon , Utah…
          (2) Clemson v (3) SEC Champ
          The Crystal ball starts to cloud up when you figure Baylor is likely to lose to both UT and OU, and I don’t think it likely that Minnesota beats Ohio State. Either way there will be at least one less undefeated team, with a whole bunch of one loss candidates. Given that, what’s the criteria? SOS, total points scored minus allowed?
          I’m sure there is another elimination RS game among the one loss gang but I’m too lazy to look it all up. My point is I don’t see them allowing two SEC teams in the playoff with that many teams of equal record.

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  3. gastr1

    Tennessee is 8th and .500 overall. And we all had such high hopes for seeing the fat man back on the sideline this year. The bottom of the SEC is just dreck.

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  4. Mayor

    The favoritism shown by the SEC is counterbalanced by the incompetence of SEC officiating. The idiots don’t know the rules so they sometimes blow the call then move to self-preservation mode and make up an explanation that justifies the blown call. That’s exactly what happened on the call where the LSU receiver made that great catch at the one yard line. He had stepped out of bounds before the catch and therefore was no longer an eligible receiver. But the refs, particularly the tv refs, didn’t understand that rule. So when LSU scored and the mistake became in stone they had to make up a cover story to justify their actions. So, in game, the SEC office released a statement that the receiver was “forced out” which would make him an eligible receiver if he comes back in ASAP. Trouble with that was replay showed the receiver wasn’t forced out. No matter. That’s their story and they’re sticking to it.

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    • Uglydawg

      The receiver was clearly pushed out of bounds by the DB. It’s pretty clear. It wasn’t much of a push but it was what caused him to go out. So coming back in and making the play was allowed.

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      • ASEF

        If the receiver had been pushed out, it would have been PI?

        Just a horrible call. SEC Officiating seems good for at least 1 wtf?!!! a week.

        But hey, it won’t bite Georgia in the butt at all
        down the road.

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        • Uglydawg

          No, it would not be PI. Alabama doesn’t commit PI or facemask fouls. They had to give the call to LSU because it was reviewed in front of the whole world and the whole (sensible) world was expecting the call to go to Bama because….you know. Go watch it..he was pushed out of bounds.

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  5. Macallanlover

    That was a clumsy call, on everyone’s part, both live and after several hours. Not sure they got it right, but I applaud the receivers effort to get his down in bounds when he didn’t seems to know where he was 3 seconds before.

    Have said before, as good a coach as Saban is pre-game, he is pretty average in-game. And the disorganization on the Bama sideline seemed worse on Saturday than usual. Mistakes on the field, and on the sideline, cost them a chance to win, although I think the better team won.

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  6. Uglydawg

    Alabama has played one ranked team and lost.
    Their SOS is bad. If Georgia beats Auburn, it will hurt ‘Bama’s SOS even more.
    Bama’s defense isn’t championship quality.
    That game wasn’t as close as the final score indicates.

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    • Will (the other one)

      Conversely, Bama could lose to Missy State this weekend and I wouldn’t believe the playoff would count them out. CBS having a “here’s how Bama gets to the playoff anyway” graphics ready before the game was even over didn’t help.

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  7. Comin' Down The Track

    It’s still November, which means it’s time to take a four-point win over a team playing a wide receiver at quarterback as proof that the Vols are back, baby.
    Okay, you got me. I LOL’d.

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